Sunday, February 9, 2014

Multiplying fractions--FREEBIE!!!

Multiplying fractions has got to be one of the EASIEST mathematical computations there is...except for the fact that the kids always get it confused with the processes they learned when learning adding and subtracting fractions (especially with uncommon denominators).  Since I teach interventions at the 6th grade level, I spend a lot of my time building up skills that the kids did not master or understand in earlier grades.  For my tier three kiddos, this often means starting with the question "What is multiplication?"  For my tier two kiddos, we begin with memorizing our facts...I strongly believe that is the gateway to mathematics. 

And once we have a really solid grasp on our multiplication facts, we are ready to work on fractions.  And since these kids are at-risk kids, they do not like to sit in their seat, and they especially do not like to do mundane worksheets (and neither would/do I!).  So, I made these task cards (A-Z!) of multiplying fractions by fractions and fractions by whole numbers. 

I am going to have the students work the cards SCOOT-style.  They are going to love it!  And, the first three people to comment below WITH their email will get this for FREE!!!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Characteristics of Coordinate Plane

I just thought I would share what I am doing tomorrow with my kiddos.  I am using this in my 6th grade resource/special education class, but it totally fits right in with 6th grade content in the regular classroom (and will take less time there). 

I taught characteristics of the coordinate plane last week in one day, and then assessed the next day.  Not ideal, but due to all of the snow days that are mounting, I went ahead.  Of course on the assessment, I saw that some kids are mixing things up and one grasped some of the content.  I wanted to do an activity this week that will help solidify thing in their brains, as well as give them a hands-on approach to it.  So many of my kids struggle with copying words and are s.l.o.w writers, so this will bypass the writing.

{HERE} is the link for the freebie! 

Let me know what you think!